LDA chosen by Mayor of London for new Architecture + Urbanism framework
LDA Design has been chosen to join a new Mayor of London Architecture + Urbanism framework devised to help diversify architecture and design in London and to build a better, greener, more sustainable city for everyone.
The Framework received 578 submissions from 273 suppliers, with the final 96 places awarded to 65 suppliers, including LDA Design.
The two-stage procurement process included responding to the climate crisis and designing for net zero; inequalities highlighted by the pandemic and shaping a sustainable and equitable recovery; supporting London’s economic recovery and the creation of social value, and developing inclusive design approaches that champion participation, co-production and meaningful community engagement.
The new A+U Framework provides a diverse, pre-approved panel of landscape and built environment consultants, making it quicker and easier for local councils and housing associations to commission high-quality architectural, place making and urban planning design services for certain types of public sector projects in London. LDA Design has been selected for Lot 4: Landscape, Green Infrastructure & Public Realm.
More than half (57 per cent) of the places on the Framework have been awarded to ‘diverse-led’ enterprises, meaning at least half of their executive leadership identifies as female, Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic, disabled and/or as members of the LGBTQIA+ community. The framework replaces 2018’s Architecture Design and Urbanism Panel 2 (ADUP2), which also included LDA Design.
There are several key areas of focus for the new framework including housing and mixed-use development, small sites housing, civic and social infrastructure, town centre renewal, transport infrastructure, landscape, and public realm.
The Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe, said: “It’s crucial that those involved in the transformation of London are representative of all who live here, which is why the Mayor and I are pleased to see such a diverse range of practitioners with high quality skills and experience being awarded places on the Framework.
“We look forward to seeing how this new cohort of suppliers apply their world-class expertise to support public sector clients deliver the low-carbon, sustainable and inclusive recovery that London needs.”